Obituaries

Faith Louise Dorothy


Faith Dorothy for obitFaith Louise Dorothy, died peacefully in Seaside on December 15, 2015 at the age of 89.  Faith was born in Springfield, Vermont on August 19, 1926 to Margaret Skinner Hunsdon and John H. Hunsdon and was the third of four children.
Faith graduated from high school in Chester, Vermont in 1944 then began her journey into the medical field.  She studied first at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, 1944-1946, then onto Springfield Baptist Hospital Nurse’s Training School and Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, 1947-1950 where she received her diploma in nursing.  After serving in the United States Air Force as an active duty flight nurse, from 1952-1954, she knew she had found her calling.   She furthered her medical education at University of Oregon School of Nursing, B.S. Portland, Oregon 1961 and completed studies at University of Oregon Medical School, Portland VA, to become a Nurse Practitioner.  Faith holds the honor of being the first woman accepted into the Oregon Air National Guard in 1958, taking the oath from Governor Robert D. Holmes.  She served for 12 years in this capacity and worked 28 years at the U.S. Veterans Hospital in Portland where she retired in 1985.
On November 13, 1962, Faith married M. Verne Dorothy.  They made their home in Tualatin, Oregon, and exactly 27 years later moved to Wheeler on November 13, 1989.  Faith brought her abundant energy and enthusiasm to this small town on the Oregon Coast where she served on the Wheeler City Council and the board of the North County Food Bank.  Faith also volunteered for various organizations including the Wheeler Community Club and Wheeler Parks Committee.  She was an active member of the Cannon Beach Chorus for over 20 years and had the experience of singing with the group in New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
After the death of her husband Verne in 1994, Faith began traveling with friends and visited seven countries including Uganda, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, South Africa and Canada.   An avid birder, Faith could name 127 species of birds in the Nehalem Bay, often seen from her kayak, her spotting scope or at the bird feeders lining the deck outside her home.
Her love of animals spanned her lifetime with many dogs, cats and horses being part of her family.  Faith’s infectious laugh will always be remembered by her strong group of loving friends, along with her motto, “I did it my way.”
Faith is survived by her brother Stanley B. Hunsdon of Eugene, Oregon and sister Virginia H. Freeman of Chester, Vermont and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations can be made to North Coast Land Conservancy, Tillamook Animal Shelter and the Cannon Beach Chorus.